When looking for a cat to add to the family, many consider the Turkish Angora with their slender body and beautiful coats.
They are an ancient cat breed developed in Turkey and popular around the world to this day.
Like most purebred cats, however, they do cost quite a bit.
How much does a Turkish Angora cost?
A Turkish Angora range in cost from $600-2000, with many factors influencing the price including their bloodline and number of Angoras for sale. Adopting a Turkish Angora is likely to cost around $100 as a rehoming fee, but finding them up for adoption is rare.
My research uncovered that there are very few Turkish Angora breeders in the U.S. which is likely a major driving force behind the expense of this breed.
Kireina Turkish Angoras, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, told me that their Angoras cost $1,200 cats with color and $1,500 for Pure White kittens.
Their breeding cats are American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) champions, which adds to their pedigree.
Beware that many breeders won’t even tell you how much their cats are until you fill out their adoption questionnaire.
What Impacts The Price Of Turkish Angoras?
One question buyers often ask is, “Why are Turkish Angora cats so expensive?”
The truth is, there are a lot of things that might influence the price.
Their lineage is the main thing that will influence the price. If they come from a long line of show-quality cats, the price for a kitten is likely to be very high.
Conversely, if some cats in the line haven’t been show quality for whatever reason or have shown health problems, they might be cheaper.
Coloring also impacts the price of a Turkish Angora. Some cats have blue eyes, some have green, and some have amber. Two odd-colored eyes, however, are rare and the most coveted, so they will raise the price of the cat.
The coat color can also influence the price for some breeders. White is the most common in a Turkish Angora, but they come in a huge variety of colors, and can even be bicolor.
The breeder is the final thing that will influence the price. High-quality breeders who perform health checks and take care of their kittens will have higher prices — they wouldn’t make a profit otherwise.
Poor quality breeders, otherwise known as ‘backyard breeders’, will sell cheaper kittens because they don’t get them up to date on deworming, shots, or any of the other health checks they should have.
It can be tempting to go for the cheaper kittens, but there’s a reason they’re cheaper, and they’re more likely to come with health problems. Therefore, they’ll be more expensive in the long run.
Finding A Quality Turkish Angora Breeder
If you’ve decided you want a Turkish Angora and are ready to commit to the price and long lifespan, how exactly do you find a good quality breeder?
What to Look For
The main thing you should look for in a breeder is transparency. A breeder should be ready to answer any questions you have — you’re paying a lot of money for a big commitment, and they should understand that you want to be well-informed so you can make the best choices.
If a breeder isn’t transparent, doesn’t want to show you where the kittens are brought up or the parents, then you should find another. Asking to meet the parents is pretty standard, as temperament is usually genetic and you can get an idea of the kitten’s personality.
You want to make sure the kittens are well-socialized, so ask what humans and animals the kittens are around. If they’re never going to meet any other animals, children, or many humans for the first couple of months of their life, it could be a red flag as to how they’ll behave later.
You also want to make sure that the breeder is going to have them checked by a veterinarian, have them up to date on shots, and get them dewormed.
Lastly, you should ask to preview the contract. Any good breeder will provide you with a contract stipulating what happens if you can no longer take care of the cat, everything you need to provide for them, and more.
Most contracts will also have a spay/neuter clause so your cat can never be used to breed. This creates a surplus of kittens in shelters, and cats who may not be responsibly taken care of.
There are a number of red flags to look out for that mean you should probably find another breeder:
- No contract in place
- No health guarantee or veterinary check-ups
- A lot of litters at once
- Cheap prices that mean the breeder can’t make a profit
- An unwillingness to let you see where the kittens are raised or meet the parents
If you’re falling in love with a litter of kittens, it can be difficult to walk away when you realize there are a number of red flags.
However, it’s important to never support backyard breeders, and you may end up with a sick or unsocialized kitten that causes a lot of problems.
The only way to prevent backyard breeders from staying in business is not to give them the business.
How To Find One
So now you know what to look for, but how do you find a Turkish Angora breeder?
The International Cat Association has a list of Turkish Angora breeders that meet their regulations and are certified, good breeders. There aren’t many on this list in the USA, but it’s worth traveling a little for a good breeder.
Social media can also be a great tool to find a breeder. There are Facebook groups dedicated to Turkish Angoras, such as:
If you do connect with a Turkish Angora breeder on social media, do all due diligence to check they’re legitimate.
Adopting A Turkish Angora Cat
It’s not easy to adopt a Turkish Angora cat. Because they’re purebred cats, they’re rarely found in shelters as adults, so you have three main options.
Going through a rescue is the best option. Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue connects adopters with purebred cats, and may have Turkish Angoras from time to time. They do have fairly strict requirements for families, as all rescues usually do.
Adopting a retired adult from a breeder is another option. Some breeders will sell their adult cats at reduced prices when they’ve reached the maximum amount of litters they can healthily have, and this rehoming fee is likely to be nowhere near as much as they would charge for a kitten.
Petfinder is a website where you can sign up for alerts when someone is looking to rehome a specific breed of cat or dog. It may be a while before someone lists one, so you’ll have to be willing to wait — but any good breeder has a waitlist anyway.
When one pops up, it’s essential to jump on it quickly.
You can also try looking in shelters, but it’s extremely unlikely you’ll find one as if one did turn up in a shelter, they would disappear quickly.
All in all, Turkish Angoras are fairly expensive — especially if you buy from a reputable breeder, and it’s important to make every effort to do so. Lineage will be the main thing that affects the cost, but you should run from anyone who cuts costs by skipping health checks.
Sometimes cheaper isn’t better.